To the Next Mayor of Chicago: How to Get Past Sound Bites and End the Violence

A Message to the next Mayor of Chicago by Ceasefire Director of Illinois Tio Hardiman, original posted on the Huffington Post This month, as Chicago’s mayoral candidates throw their hat in the ring, there is one issue that will most likely get a lot of attention: violence. It is no surprise. Crime is always a […]

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Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Tournament brings neighborhoods together to stand against violence

From our friends at the Chicago Crusader Community tournament is one of many programs promoting nonviolent alternatives The best basketball teams from 10 different Chicago neighborhoods competed in the fourth annual Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Tournament to not only showcase their athletic skills, but demonstrate how a positive competitive outlet for youth can promote […]

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We are not Alone by Ashmar Mandou

From our friends at the Bi-lingual Lawndale News In an effort to strengthen awareness of anti-violence initiatives across the city of Chicago, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) has partnered with Community Media Workshop and Chicago’s Ethnic Media to introduce the ‘We Are Not Alone-No Estamos Solos,’ campaign during a press conference on Wednesday […]

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Buscan combatir violencia racial

Univision Coverage of our November 10th press conference can be found on their website. Check out the video here

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United Way Helps Latino and African American Media Move Away From Violence

From our friends at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Too often, our media outlets focus on the harsh, heart-breaking stories about our communities and youth being torn apart by violence, especially in our African American and Latino communities. Do happy stories exist? Are violent stories more news-worthy? Or does the media just not know where […]

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Lanzan campaña sobre iniciativas en Back of the Yards

From our friends at La Raza Pero María Padilla, líder de las madres que patrullan la escuela Hedges a la salida de clases, señaló “en nuestros barrios no sólo hay violencia, no sólo hay gangas o no sólo hay gente con el corazón roto”. “También hay héroes, organizaciones y padres de familia que con esfuerzo […]

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It’s a Neighborhood Affair

From our friends at Every Person is a Philosopher, a blog of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance Today we share Phillis Humphries’ piece about her Woodlawn neighborhood. Please share your reflections in our comments section, and visit the We Are Not Alone—No Estamos Solos campaign’s page for more anti-violence stories from across Chicago…. Read More

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Stereotypes: Young Men & Violence

From our friends at Beyond Media Education & NUF Said In Chicago, young black men and Englewood have become synonymous with violence. Chain of Change Youth Leadership Council member Tiara Epps interviews young men from Englewood about the violence they experience, how the media influences them, and their solutions to what is happening in their […]

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COMMUNITY: BYNC leads an Anti-Violence Awareness Campaign

From our friends at Hispanically Speaking Led by the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) and the Community Media Workshop (CMW), Latino and African American media outlets throughout Chicago will attempt to raise awareness about anti-violence initiatives in Chicago. Through this effort, media outlets that represent these communities will focus on the many ways […]

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